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How to add a directory to a VS2010 setup project

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Hello,

I am attempting to create a setup program(msi) for a vb.net program in VS2010. I am able to create the basic install package but I need to include a directory tree in the installation and I have been unable to do so.

I have tried 2 methods:

1) Drag and drop the directory structure into the project explorer and set the directory to "Include in project"

2) In the project setup area I right click on "File system on Target Machine" and click on "Add special folder" and select custom folder. I then set the folders defaultlocation property to "C:\bac1". I then add the various files and sub directories  I also set the "Always Create" property to true.

In both cases it fails to create the directory C:\bac1 when the msi package is run.

Any suggestions?

Thanks,
Bartj
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by:Jesus Rodriguez
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The second one will be fine. Check if you can create this folder by windows explorer. Looks like is a permission issue at the time that have to write on the c drive
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Hi....am able to create the folder from windows explorer.

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Try to change the location creation to see if gets created??
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Also when you create the folder the default location will be C:\ and the replace Custom Folder #1 with Bac1
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Yes, I have done that ... it does not exist.
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by:Jesus Rodriguez
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Let's review this for a second

You want a folder created on C:\ or under c:\bac1

If you want on C:\ then try again, Add a Custom Folder to the Target Machine Directory, Rename the name to bac1 and add the Default Location to C:\. Compile the project and the from the debug/release folder get the installer and try to install to see what happened
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And yes, I changed the defaultlocation to C:\ and that did not work either.

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bartj
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Change the location to the application folder to see if it works on the application folder and create the folder there ?
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Correct, I followed the steps you describe and no directory is created. Note I am running this on an XP machine.

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Bart
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by:Jesus Rodriguez
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I really do not understand why failed when all the steps are fallowed but anyway I can give you another solution for it. Created the folder under you application folder and add all the files and then in the custom actions add a batch for moving the files from your application folder to the C:\
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This XP machine you have admin rights (running as administrator) the installation
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Hello,

The folder [app location]\bac is created if I set its location to the application folder. Any ideas on how to get it to C:\?

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Bartj
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If the folder is created on the application folder then is permission issues at the time that you try to install on the C:\. Go to the C:\ on the Windows Explorer and click on Properties\Security and check that the administrator or the user that is logged and you're using for install in has right to write on c:\
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I am the admin. I have not been setting anything explicit in terms of permissions. I have been launching the installer via ztree which does not allow the option to elevate permissions. I tried running from win explore and attempted to up the permissions as "admin" but it fails as I do not have an explicit password set up.

Sounds like this is the root of the problem.

Will investigate.

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Bartj
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Let me know the result
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Hi,

I added a password to my account and confirmed its an admin account. But still no luck getting the dir to show up.

Is this just a fundamental limitation of the windows setup program?

I have VS2008 also installed on this machine. I may give its installer a try tomorrow.

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Did you have another computer where you can try this??
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I will have another computer with win 7 around later today or tomorrow. Also, I created a setup in VS2008 with the same results (no C:\bac).

I will post my results on this thread.

Thanks for your help.
bartj
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Hi,

Also no luck with win 7 running as admin creating a dir C:\bac from the setup program.

This must be a fundamental limitation of the setup/distribution program.

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Try to Setup the Defaultlocation=[WindowsVolume] to see if can do it??

If windows is installed on C will be created on C:\ and  will display as C:\bac after installed
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Sorry to have taken so long to get back to you.  I have been shifted to another project. Thank you for all your efforts!
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